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General Measures Against Fungal Infection and Use of Antifungal Agents

Written by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on May 31, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read


This article discusses about the commonly used antifungal agents and general measures to prevent dermatophytosis (ringworm or tinea), which is very common during summer.

General Measures Against Fungal Infection and Use of Antifungal Agents

Antifungal agents are usually applied for two to three weeks twice daily. Over application can irritate sensitive and damaged skin. The following are the different antifungal agents that are used for various fungal infections.

General Measures Against Fungal Infections:

  1. Avoid heat, moisture and maceration.
  2. Dry the body folds, finger and toe webs thoroughly after bathing.
  3. Footwear should not be tight. It should fit well and be non-occlusive.
  4. Hyperhidrosis of the feet should be controlled.
  5. Proper drying and application of antifungal foot powder after swimming will be helpful.
  6. Clothing, towels and personal effects should be kept separately.
  7. Children having tinea capitis should not be allowed to go to school till treatment is over.

Systemic Antifungal Therapy:

The systemic antifungal therapy treatment is required when there are extensive lesions and the rash is resistant to topical therapy. Also, if the involvement includes scalp and nail, then we will opt for systemic antifungal therapy.

For further facts regarding antifungal medication consult a dermatologist online -->


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Last reviewed at:
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